I recently returned from a hiking trip in the Swiss Alps that overlapped the weekend when the Jungfrau Marathon was being run. No, I did not run it, but now, having hiked or viewed (from a distance) much of the course, I can guarantee no other marathon can top this one for the astonishing scenery along the route. Problem is, if you know anything about the Jungfrau region, the course is almost entirely uphill ( or “up mountain” as it were). The race begins in Interlaken, takes runners through the beautiful Lauterbrunnen Valley, visits the pretty town of Wengen, and finishes at the Kleine Scheidegg mountain pass.
From start to finish the climb is 5,960 feet (1,823 m). See the map below for more details. If anyone wants a once-in-a-lifetime destination race, this is it!
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